|Neo-Nazi Skins Played Role in Pro-Trump Rally|
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Neo-Nazi Skins Played Role in Pro-Trump Rally
April 04, 2017
by Bill Morlin
Southern Poverty Law Center
A pro-Trump rally last month in southern California was attended by several individuals subsequently identified as apparent skinhead members of a new neo-Nazi skinhead "fight club."
Violence broke out and four people were arrested at the "Make America Great Again" rally on March 25 at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach.
The brawl began when counter-protesters, including self-styled "anarchists," attempted to block the parade route of sign- and flag-waving Trump supporters. Organizers said the "family-friendly" event was to show support for President Trump, the military, veterans, law enforcement and emergency responders.
The violence was triggered, the Los Angeles Times reported, when a counter demonstrator "doused" a female organizer with pepper spray.
But what wasn't detailed in most media accounts was how-almost unnoticed-members of racist skinhead groups used the event as live theater to pair their agendas with those of the pro-Trump, MAGA factions.
A review of news photos and video taken during the event, along with social media postings, shows members of a white supremacist group identifying itself as "DIY Division" mingling with an estimated 2,000 Trump supporters.
At one point, some of the Trump supporters chased after counter-protesters, including the so-called "anarchists," the alternative newspaper OCWeekly reported, "and that's when the neo-Nazis arrived to play."
"They were proudly out during the rally, with no one telling them to go away," the alternative weekly newspaper, based in Costa Mesa, reported.
One young man carried an Imperial War Ensign flag, the banner of the Second Reich, commonly used by neo-Nazis in Germany where the Nazi flag is banned, OCWeekly reported.
The Orange County Register, which also had journalists covering the rally, reported "some participants carried signs with Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim symbols."
During the melee, event organizer Jennifer Sterling was hit with pepper spray as she attempted to break up a fight. She washed out her eyes and marched on, later describing the rally as a "beautiful event."
Later, when asked during a radio interview about the presence of neo-Nazis at the pro-Trump gathering, Sterling said they were "plants."
However, photographic evidence detailing clothing and tattoos worn by at least four members of the "DIY Division" shows the demonstrators' affiliations with South Bay Skins and Hammerskin Nation, two notoriously violent, racist gangs.
In one photo, a young man holding an anti-Semitic signs joins others holding a large banner, "Defend America."
The "DIY Division" bills itself as a "neo-Nazi fight club," whose members apparently practice boxing in preparation for public brawls and violence which have become common at many pro-Trump rallies throughout the country.
In one social media post, the group says its goal is to promote "activism, athletics and Identity," an apparent reference to Christian Identity, a racist-based religion promoting the ideology of white supremacy.
In another social media posting, 13 young, white male members of the "DIY Division" posed for a photo. In a repost of the picture, the faces of four members of the group are hidden by Pepe the Frog masks—a popular Alt-Right social media logo used to suggest racist, anti-Semitic or other bigoted beliefs.
Among those assaulted at the Trump rally were two photographers and a young reporter working for OCWeekly, its editor, Gustavo Arellano, told Hatewatch. Some of the Trump supporters accused the journalists, who were "there merely doing their jobs," of being responsible for "fake news," the editor said
"My reporters saw protestors wearing Hammerskin Nation regalia and flashing tattoos of the South Bay Skins, yet no Trump supporter had a problem with them," Arellano said. "If that's not an indication of the rise of fascism in Trump's America, I don't know what is."
-- And our own, including my own family members, voted for Trump because "he's a Christian". Half of of my cousins are at war with the other half, and when the Trumpster cousins lose the argument they ask, "why are you being so rude?" Poor babies :(
Among these Nazis are off-duty cops and Iraq and Afghan War veterans. No wonder the cops don't do shit when the "anarchists", who are made up of 95-pound vegan girls, get jumped by beefy guys with sticks and brass knuckles. Same shit happened in Berkeley in the '60s when the criminal Sonny Barger and his cranked-up, meth-mouth rapist Hell's Angels attacked and beat up little, skinny Jewish lefty students... while the cops stood by laughing, when they weren't participating. On KPFA this morning, Berkeley veteran, Jackie Goldberg said that Trump succeeded in bringing back the racists and giving them a platform. Now on CNN (which gave Trump free air time because of "ratings" while keeping Sanders marginalized) alt-right Richard Spencer will be on prime time on April 30 to vomit his neo-Nazi bullshit. And who's the host? I don't know the guy's name, but instead of him they should have Ajamu Baraka (who ran on the Green Party for Vice President on Jill Stein's campaign) to take down this nazi punk. They allow nazis on CNN and HBO's Bill Maher (Milo), but not Chomsky or Finkelstein, or Baraka??
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